A priest was killed and another person seriously injured when two members from an Islamic extremist group stormed the Church of Saint-Etienne du Rouvray in Normandy, France, on July 26. The assailants slit the throat of Father Jacques Hamel, who was 85 years old.
In response, the Union of Federations of the Adventist Church in France (UFA) issued the following statement:
“Faced with such a barbarity in a place of worship, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in France, wants to express solidarity and compassion.
When a (Catholic) Church is desecrated, it is the believers who are suffering. Churches and places of worship are spaces of peace, prayer, sharing and refuge.
This escalation of brutality and heinous crimes committed by humans against other human is unjustifiable.
Despite all legitimate feelings of sadness and revolt, we must always continue to fight evil with good, and act for peace. We pray that God may change our hearts and minds.
The Adventist Church encourages its members to respect the dignity of all men, according to the gospel of Jesus Christ.” news.adventist.org
Friends, how are we to call people out of the Catholic Church if we already believe they are in a “place of worship”? Which God are they worshiping?
From a Church that was burning people and bibles in equal measure, the Adventist Church today is looking at the mother of harlotry as a sacred place of worship.
…this is the religion which Protestants are beginning to look upon with so much favor, and which will eventually be united with Protestantism. This union will not, however, be effected by a change in Catholicism; for Rome never changes. She claims infallibility. It is Protestantism that will change. The adoption of liberal ideas on its part will bring it where it can clasp the hand of Catholicism. –Review and Herald, June 1, 1886
The Roman Church is far-reaching in her plans and modes of operation. She is employing every device to extend her influence and increase her power in preparation for a fierce and determined conflict to regain control of the world, to re-establish persecution, and to undo all that Protestantism has done.—Great Controversy, pp. 565, 566
Let us not forget the Catholic Church created Islam whose main purpose was to go with the sword after the Black Jews who fled the destruction of Jerusalem. Islam in turn created ISIS through her doctrines.
So it is funny, that the Church that is supposedly of God is looking in pity at the workings of the devil.
God’s word has given warning of the impending danger; let this be unheeded, and the Protestant world will learn what the purposes of Rome really are, only when it is too late to escape the snare. She is silently growing into power. . . . Stealthily and unsuspectedly she is strengthening her forces to further her own ends when the time shall come for her to strike. All that she desires is vantage ground, and this is already being given her. We shall soon see and shall feel what the purpose of the Roman element is. Whoever shall believe and obey the word of God will thereby incur reproach and persecution.— Great Controversy, p. 581